is an extraordinary journey into the musical kaleidoscope of juju, Afrobeat, highlife, Afro-pop, and Lagos street music that makes up the Nigerian pop music scene. From traditional minstrels wandering the streets of Lagos to the talking drums of the Saharan north, from recording session with stars of juju and highlife to an intimate visit with Fela surrounded by his exotic wives, Konkombe
looks at the entire spectrum of Nigerian music from its primitive roots to the most exciting stars of Afro-pop. Features performances, intimate interviews and recording sessions with some of the biggest stars of African music including King Sunny Ade, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Sonny Okosun, I.K. Dairo and more.
This engaging documentary focuses on the musical heritage and diversity of modern Nigeria and its astounding diversity. There's the blind traditional minstrel who wanders the bustling streets of Lagos with a small drum. In striking contrast, we move to the urbane, Yoruba-derived juju grooves by bandleader King Sunny Ade. The brilliant composer I.K. Dario and the Lijadu twins beautifully blend European and indigenous instruments and vocals. The folkloric melodies of the Hausa people of the northern Sahara provide the scintillating soundtrack to their boxing matches and fishing rituals. But the powerful and provocative musician and social critic Fela steals the show. Surrounded by his alluring wives, he explains and demonstrates how he ingeniously weaves politics and social commentary with ancient and modern Afro-beats, creating a timeless and timely sound Nigeria can be proud of. --Eugene Holley Jr.